2018-2019 Off-Campus Courses
Cornell's One Course At A Time schedule provides ample opportunities to study for a Block off-campus. You might choose an off-campus course where you travel domestically or you might travel internationally.
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Studio Art Senior Seminar—ART 483
Estimated course cost: $115
Read and discuss art theory. Then, put it into practice in the studio.
Estimated course cost: $775
Why do individuals and species live the way they do, in the numbers they do, in the areas they do; and what environmental influences guided their evolution?
Modern American Literature—ENG 347
Estimated course cost: $775
Immerse yourself in the glorious September outdoors. You'll canoe and study wilderness journals, literature, and art and photography. Consider the interplay between your own encounters with the wilderness and the artworks about the wilderness.
Holocaust and Human Rights in Europe—POL 255
Estimated course cost: $3,100
This course addresses the history, politics, sociology, and lived experience of the Holocaust and other significant human rights abuse in Europe, both from the point of view of victims and perpetrators. We will visit Holocaust and other human rights sites, and work to understand how and why human rights come to be abused, how and why abuse affects the victims, and how post-conflict communities work to resolve differences and learn from periods of abuse.
Case Studies in Wildlife Conservation—BIO 485
Estimated course cost: $3,100
Investigation of a biological problem, including a review of the literature, collection and interpretation of data, and writing of a research report. Intended for seniors or advanced junior, this is a capstone experience for Biology majors.
Greek Archaeology—CLA 381
Estimated course cost: $3,870
The course will be an introduction to archaeology in Greece in the Bronze, Classical, Roman, and Byzantine Periods. We will begin the course on campus with a brief overview, and then spend most of the course visiting sites throughout Greece, including Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Corinth, Bassae, and Crete. We will see temples, palaces, cities, sanctuaries, theaters, athletic facilities, and government buildings. In addition, we will spend time in the major museums of Greece examining sculpture, vases, jewelry, and items of everyday use in the ancient world. For students interested in anthropology, architecture, art, art history, classics, history, politics, religion, and theatre.
Human Biomechanics—KIN 308
Estimated course cost: $300
Study the mechanics of the human body while learning the laws of motion through laboratory activities.
Guatemala: The Long Struggle for Justice—SPA 206/302
Estimated course cost: $1,850
This combined 206/302 course will consist of intermediate/advanced Spanish language practice with a focus on Guatemalan culture and human rights issues. Through intensive language practice we will analyze the tumultuous quest for justice - especially amongst the Mayan population - that has characterized this Central American nation since its founding. We will also discuss patterns of migration that link Guatemala and Iowa. Students will stay with host families in Xela, meet for class at the Sisai School, and make several excursions to Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and other sites.
Uncovering Germany's Past and Present—GER 265
Estimated course cost: $2,915
This course will explore the cultural, linguistic, social, political, and environmental foundations of Germany and Austria. Students will engage hands-on with cities, buildings, artifacts, and archival materials, and will dive headlong into the visual, culinary, and sensory treats by spending one week each in Vienna, Munich, and Berlin. Course instruction is in English and is open to all students, regardless of language ability. See course website for more details.
Case Studies in Wildlife Conservation—BIO 232
Estimated course cost: $2,805
This course is a hands-on opportunity to contribute to endangered species conservation in a fascinating country. Cornell students work side-by-side with Mauritian students and distinguished biologists conducting surveys on the endangered Mauritian flying fox. The course participants will be given the opportunity to publish findings as co-authors in an international wildlife conservation journal.
Rome Reborn—Art 364
Estimated course cost: $3,850
This upper level course traces the history of the Eternal City from antiquity and the world of Julius Caesar and Augustus to the Rome of the early modern popes and the imperialist vision of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Topics include the evolution of the ancient city into the capital of the Roman Empire, the Christianization of Rome and the Church Trimphant of the Counter Reformation as well as urban planning and reconstruction under Mussolini. This course is particularly appropriate for students interested in the use of art, architecture, and urban design as persuasive or visual rhetoric.
Biological Problems—BIO or BMB 485
Estimated course cost: ~$3,100
Investigation of a problem in biochemistry and/or molecular biology, including review of the literature, collection and interpretation of data, and writing a research report. Taught in South Water Caye, Belize.
Comparative Education in Belize—EDU 270
Estimated course cost: $2,500
This course, offered in San Pedro Town, will include two weeks in the local schools interacting with students, parents, and teachers. Study includes in-depth analysis of the island’s various cultural groups including Mestizzo, Mayan, Latino, Garifuna, and Creole populations.
Geology of New Zealand—GEO 329
Estimated course costs: $3,800
Application of geologic principles in the field to explore the geology of New Zealand; stratigraphy, structure, geomorphology, and tectonic history, as well as interpretation of geologic maps. This course is intended for junior and senior Geology majors only.
Education Policy and Practice—EDU 216
Estimated course cost: $350
This course will explore education policies and their relationship to sociological patterns of school segregation, the rise of credentialism, and inequality of educational opportunity. We will visit a variety of schools in Chicago, meet with teacher union representatives of the Chicago Public Schools, and discuss initiatives with Chicago school leaders.
Medical Anthropology in Nepal—ANT 258
Estimated course cost: $3,200
In this course, we will explore the rich cultural and religious heritage of Nepal, with a particular focus on health, well-being and the varied medical traditions that still compete with one another. We will base the course in Patan, just outside Kathmandu where we will meet with and learn from Ayurvedic and Amchi medical practitioners and meeting with local NGO staff members. From Patan/Kathmandu we will trek into rural highland Nepal, where we will learn about other forms of traditional medicine and see the impact of the 2015 earthquake on local health and well-being. We will also learn about trekking and the impacts this occupation has on the Sherpa communities that do much of this dangerous work.
Note: This course will involve significant walking in urban areas as well as trekking in some remote and hilly parts of Nepal.
Morocco: Stability and Destabilization—REL 370
Estimated course cost: $3,600
This course provides an immersive introduction to the confluence of Islam, politics and ethnicity in Morocco, with an emphasis on the country's response to internal and external issues, including migration from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab Spring and the rise of competing movements of political Islam.
If you haven’t already registered for your off-campus studies course, make sure to review the process for registration and find out if your off-campus studies course has any prerequisites. If you’ve already registered, traveled, and returned from your trip, make sure to submit your photos for our Off-Campus Studies Photo Contest! Have fun and good luck!